It's largely satirical toward locker room culture, a reprieve from the thick play of Madden NFL 18's Longshot or even past years of NBA 2K19 MT. For example, DJ's agent is not a lot of one, however, he does have a catchphrase: "Eat what you kill." The characters do not seem to understand what that means (and they say so), but NBA 2K19 runs with it for the comedy.
When playing DJ, you are going to encounter NBA 2K19's "The Neighborhood." Think about it a hub of activity for DJ's livelihood. In a MMO-lite twist, it is possible to walk around with numerous (hundreds, maybe, if servers fill up) of additional player-controlled DJs, playing pickup games, trading scores at minigames or socializing. The existence of other players is generally pointless outside of light rivalry, nevertheless; I ended up only ignoring the audience.
I soon realized The Neighborhood simply replaces NBA 2K19's core menu. In that way, it is merely a clumsy way to browse. Want a haircut? Walk the cube into the barbershop. Wish to change clothes? Go home. Need new shoes? Jog down to Foot Locker. Looking to catch a fast pickup game? The courtroom is down the road on the left.
Plodding because this navigation isalso, there's a touch of character and culture inside. At the barbershop, DJ is served as a local celebrity while they chat about general gossip. The friendly (if sleepy) attendant of a food cart brings in some laughs. These spaces will also be well decorated, cramped and flush with old brick buildings circa 1930s New York.